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The Bank of England1694--The Bank of England is granted a charter by an Act of Parliament.

1866--A transatlantic cable laid by the steamer Great Eastern, establishes reliable communication by telegraph between the United States and England.

1940--Billboard magazine begins publishing its bestselling record charts.

1953--The armistice agreement that ended the Korean War is signed at Panmunjon, Korea. The war lasted three years and 32 days. The truce negotiations between North Korean and US delegates (representing South Korea) lasted two years and 17 days.

1955--Chuck Berry's debut single, Maybellene, enters the R&B chart. It later becomes a #1 R&B hit, remaining at the top for 11 weeks.

Richard Nixon1960--Vice President Richard Nixon receives the Republican Presidential Nomination at the party’s convention in Chicago.

1961--The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime. That night they appear at St. John's Hall, Tuebrook, Liverpool. At St. John's Hall, The Beatles also back a young girl singer, Cilla White, who will later achieve world fame using the name Cilla Black. The Big Three are also on the bill.

1962--The Beatles perform at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey.

The Beatles camp it up in old-fashioned bathing suits in Somerset, England. Left to right: Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.1963--The Beatles spend the day with photographer Dezo Hoffman, who takes photos and 8mm movies of the boys at their hotel, on the beach dressed in Victorian bathing suits, and go-carting. The exact date is not known, except that it is certainly one of the six days that The Beatles perform at Weston-super-Mare in Somerset (July 22-27). The movie film that photographer Hoffman took was broadcast in the UK on the BBC program, "The Tube," almost 20 years later, on December 3, 1982.

1963--The Beatles perform at the Odeon Cinema in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset. This is the last of six consecutive nights playing at this venue.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono1963--UK release of Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas single, Bad to Me / I Call Your Name, both John Lennon compositions (credited to Lennon-McCartney) (Parlophone). Highest chart position #1 for two weeks. Combined sales in the UK, the US, and other countries will exceed one million. The Beatles never recorded Bad to Me, but they did record I Call Your Name, which was released in the UK on The Beatles' Long Tall Sally EP.

1971--An interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono by Sue Faulconbridge, which took place at their Tittenhurst mansion in Ascot on July 20, is published in the Liverpool Echo. She writes: “You can no longer consider John Ono Lennon apart from Yoko Ono Lennon...they are, if you like, one person.”

John Lennon poses with wife, Yoko Ono, on the day he finally got his green card.1976--John Lennon's request to remain in the US is finally approved and he is issued his “green card” (A17-597-321), which permits him to remain permanently in the country. He is now entitled to apply for US citizenship in 1981. In a ceremony at the New York offices of the US Immigration and Naturalization Service, Lennon is given the green card by Judge Ira Fieldsteel, the same judge who had issued the deportation order against John on March 23, 1973. During the hearing, after a few brief questions, John’s attorney asks him if he has anything to add to the proceedings, at which point, John says: “I’d like to publicly thank Yoko, my wife, for looking after me and pulling me together for four years, and giving birth to our son at the same time. There are many times that I wanted to quit, but she stopped me. I’d also like to thank a cast of thousands, famous and unknown, who have been helping me publicly and privately for the last four years. And last, but not least, I’d like to thank you, my attorney, Leon Wildes, for doing a good job well, and I hope this is the end of it.” Outside, after the verdict had been handed down, Lennon says to the press, “It’s great to be legal again. I’ll tell my baby. I thank Yoko and the Immigration Service who have finally seen the light of day. It’s been a long and slow road, but I am not bitter. I can’t get into that. On the contrary, now I can go and see my relations in Japan and elsewhere. Again I thank Yoko. I’ve always thought there’s a great woman behind every idiot.” John and Yoko then go to the well-known Upper East Side ice cream parlor, Serendipity’s, where John breaks his “no sugar” diet and indulges in some chocolate.

Ike and Tina Turner1976--Tina Turner files for divorce from her husband, Ike. She says he can keep her earnings as long as he lets her live her own life. Tina Turner went on to have a fabulous comeback career throughout the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, with her biggest hit being What's Love Got To Do With It. A bio-pic (with the same title) told Turner's up and down life story.

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